Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Mirror Traffic

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks: Mirror Traffic

Stephen Malkmus, the legendary leader of Pavement, has returned with a new solo outing, Mirror Traffic. Opening with the jaunty  “Tigers,” Mirror Traffic is chock-full of the indie hooks that made Pavement the end-all-be-all of the genre. “No One (Is As I Are Be)” has a quiet, majestic quality about
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Golden State of Mind

Daily Cal arts staff reflect upon the highlights of Outside Lands.

!!! (chk chk chk) This quirkily named dance-punk group from Sacramento held nothing back during their theatrical performance at the Twin Peaks stage on Sunday. Groove and chaos filled the air as there was nether a still body to be found in the wriggling crowd. !!! (pronounced “chk chk chk”
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Jay-Z and Kanye West: WATCH THE THRONE

Although the reigning kings of hip hop have everything money can buy and some that it can’t — Grammys aren’t for sale, right? ― Kanye West and Jay-Z display their adamant abstinence from complacency in their collaborative effort Watch the Throne. The twelve-track LP was born from two artists who
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Outside Lands 2011

Just because summer is drawing to an end doesn’t necessarily mean that adventures have to follow a similar fate.  Enjoy the last few days of warm sunshine and carefree days with the annual Outside Lands Music and Arts festival, one of the Bay Area’s most iconic events. Set in the
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Release the Sunbird serenades with soothing sounds

The Thursday night crowd at San Francisco’s Swedish American Music Hall was littered with disgruntled faces of middle-aged nine-to-fivers trying desperately to make it through the work week. Everybody was hoping that Zach Rogue’s new project Release the Sunbird would provide that last surge of strength for the Friday ahead.
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Joss Stone: LP1

Don’t be fooled by the nose ring on the cover of Joss Stone’s fifth studio release, LP1. There’s nothing remotely rebellious about the soulful singer’s new album. All the rebellion of the British neo-soul niche seems to have passed along with Amy Winehouse. That’s not to say there’s no life
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Fountains of Wayne: SKY FULL OF HOLES

Sky Full of Holes is Fountains of Wayne’s fifth studio album. Yeah, I couldn’t believe it either. It seems that this New York-based alt. rock group was destined to be a one-hit wonder, fading into childhood nostalgia as the only song we can remember is “Stacy’s Mom” — you know,
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Vanessa Carlton: RABBITS ON THE RUN

There’s nothing extraordinary about Vanessa Carlton. She plays the piano all right. She sings just okay, and she’s pretty enough not to scare off CD buyers with her face on an album cover. However, being just suitable isn’t enough. Since her 2002 hit and Zales commercial go-to song, “A Thousand
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